Frequently asked interview question for college students

Feeling nervous about the upcoming placement interviews. No worries follow through this article to prepare for some commonly asked interview questions.

Updated: Feb 6, 2020 18:49 IST
Frequently asked interview question for college students
Frequently asked interview question for college students

Preparing for the job interviews is one of the most tedious tasks for college students. As the questions put up to college students are very different compared to a working professionals. College students don't have a lot of work experience as they are still in the process of learning the art. No employer expects them to be an expert at the job. Thus, ruling out the probability of a majority of work-related questions.

This also opens up the path for many general and open-ended questions which college students might encounter in a job interview. Such common interview questions often look simple and easy to answer, in reality they are really difficult to handle. There are no right or wrong answers for them. However, a well thought out answer to some of them can take you a long way in leaving a good impression and impressing your future employer.

So, let’s check out a few commonly asked interview questions that college students face during a job interview. We would also give some useful advice on how to answer these interview questions easily.  

Tell Us Something About Yourself?

This is one of the first questions that pops-up in a college student's interview. You need to answer this question smartly and with a sharp presence of mind. Understand that this is one of the most important questions from the employer’s perspective. He expects you to talk about yourself at length if possible, however, at no point is he interested to know about anything that doesn't relate to the job profile or doesn't highlight some important achievement or skill of yours. Try to elaborate on the pointers you mentioned in the resume, talk about some important project that you carried out maybe in an internship before this. You could also talk about your career plans. Such things make you appear more responsible and committed towards your goals as a person, a quality that most employers look for in their employees. 

What are your strengths and weakness?

You might be surprised by this fact, but a lot of students are found clueless when this question is asked in a job interview. One thing to keep in mind here is that the employers are not asking about your strengths and weakness in general but the ones that would affect your work proficiency in office. Also, you need to be careful when mentioning your weakness. For instance, if you are applying for the position of a content writer in an organization and you mention grammar as one of your weak points. Then, you yourself are telling the interviewer that, you are not the perfect candidate for the job. Refrain from making such stupid mistakes. It's best to prepare for such question beforehand as almost every employer will raise it and you need not alter it for everyone.

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Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Now, this is a tricky one! Merely listing out a career wish-list before your employer might not help your case. Therefore, you need to answer this question by carefully analyzing the industry that you are looking to join. Familiarize yourself with the basics of major departments that are there in any organization in that field. Talk to the experts and experienced professionals; try to understand the growth pattern and the future prospects of opportunities in that field. Get a basic understanding of the hierarchy level in organizations in that industry and how much time it takes to move to the next level. Based on all this info you can assess where would you be in the next five years and how do you plan to achieve that. This will help you answer this question effectively.

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Why should we hire you?

This is another common question put up to college students during placement interviews. Here you should talk about your strengths. And if you have researched about the company beforehand you can link your skills back to your job. Tell them how you could prove to be an asset for the company and list out different ways in which you can contribute to the ongoing projects. Talk about the company as if you are already a part of it, the interview should feel that you have immense faith in the company's fundamentals and products. Get your employer to have an unshakable faith in your abilities and commitment towards the job.

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